January 20th, 2018
520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(see below for parking and shuttle information)
Welcome the Villa’s beautiful, new Blüthner piano in the grand salon of the Villa Aurora with Piano Spheres’ Vicki Ray and Aron Kallay who debut this spectacular instrument, provided by the Kasimoff-Blüthner Piano Company in Hollywood! Co-presented by the Villa Aurora and Piano Spheres.
A reception provided by the Villa follows the program.
Charles Ives: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces for two pianos
Arnold Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11
Hanns Eisler: Three Songs from Hollywood Elegies
John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro
Chinary Ung: Seven Mirrors
Clarence Barlow: Für Luise
“The Schoenberg, Eisler and Ung were written by ex-pats who came to the US during times of great crisis in their home countries. We picked the Ives and Corigliano for their rich harmonies and intriguing textures – to show off the new piano! The Barlow and Eisler are also great fun and add a certain wry humor to the evening…!”
(Vicki and Aron)
The Villa Aurora was the home of novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta who fled the Nazis. During the 1940s, their gracious home overlooking the Pacific was the site of many a salon evening frequented by the emigré community of composers, writers, artists, and musicians. Today the Villa Aurora honors the artistic history of the Villa as a retreat and performance center for artists and intellectuals from around the world to work in an environment free of the concerns of everyday life.
Admission is free to Members of the Villa Aurora by calling 310.454.4231.
$10 general admission for non-members.
Seating is limited!
Street Parking is only available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6:30 pm from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway.
Please do not park in the Topanga State Park Lot!
about the 2017-18 season
Piano Spheres announces the 2017-2018 season which returns to Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall. The series will include performances by the four co-founders plus special guest artists. This is the 24th season of Piano Spheres, one of the most unique concert series in the United States, and continues its tradition of presenting the best of contemporary piano music. Opening night is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 with Mark Robson; February 6, 2018 is Susan Svrček; March 6, 2018 with Gloria Cheng and renowned composer and performer Terry Riley; April 3, 2018 with Vicki Ray; and May 29, 2018 Piano Spheres presents guest artist Steven Vanhauwaert. All concerts begin at 8:00pm.
The annual recital series features newly commissioned works by emerging composers as well as works by established masters. A preview of the season includes Mark Robson opening with “Platea di Weddell” by Ivan Fedele (from his Études Australes 2003); Susan Svrček performing Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (1975); Gloria Cheng and Terry Riley play an all-Riley program including the world premiere of “The PASHA” (2018), for four hands, composed especially for the occasion; Vicki Ray introduces new works for piano and electronics with four world premieres; and the season concludes with Steven Vanhauwaert whose concert includes the monumental Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni!
Piano Spheres is a nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Your contribution will ensure the continuation of this unique series of performances and aid in the commissioning of new works for the piano. Click here to find out more about how your donation can help and what your benefits as a donor will be.
Piano Spheres also gratefully acknowledges support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.